Land O'Lakes (Fla.) tight end Kent Taylor, considered the nation's top tight end by Rivals.com, took an unofficial visit to Tallahassee, Fla. this past weekend to watch Florida State host No. 1 Oklahoma. Despite the loss, the four-star was impressed by the gameday atmosphere.
"It was real good," Taylor said. "The stadium was packed. It was pretty cool just seeing all of that from the field and seeing how everything was during the game. The students were real crazy."
In total, Florida State tight ends had five receptions in the loss, but their role in the offense made an impression upon the 6-foot-5, 220-pound offensive weapon.
"They threw to them a lot which really surprised me," Taylor said. "What Coach (James) Coley had said kind of came full circle. So I was definitely happy about that. I talked with him about that afterwards and I definitely think Florida State is a little higher among my four (top schools) now and I am definitely starting to like them better."
After seeing the offense in-person, Taylor said he has a better understanding of what his role would be if he were to opt to be a Seminole.
"I think one thing with them is that, the way I see it working is that Nick O'Leary is going to play what he plays and I would what Beau Reliford played," Taylor said. "I know I would have to get bigger because I know Beau Reliford blocked a lot so I definitely need to get bigger."
In addition to speaking to Coach Coley, Taylor said he also had an opportunity to speak with Lawrence Dawsey, his area recruiter, and head coach Jimbo Fisher. The Rivals100 prospect said the possibility exists that he schedules an official visit down the road to return to Florida State.
Taylor's next trip will be an unofficial visit to Florida for the Alabama game on October 1st. Entering that visit, the Gators remain his top school with a slight lead over Penn State, whom he officially visited in early September for their game against Alabama. As for Florida State, they find themselves in the discussion at this point.
"Florida State is pretty solid in that third spot," Taylor said. "But I still have to get back to Georgia, who I really like too."
Taylor is not working with a specific timeline for making a decision.